I'm not sure if this is a philosophy question, but it seems to fall within the domain of epistemology, so I thought I'd try to get an answer here. My question arises from several questions I have seen on academia.SE where students try to divine some hidden unstated meaning from basic clear-cut communications. For example, a recent question on academia.SE went like this:
Question: I was recently invited to an on-campus interview after having a skype interview. I noticed, after checking with my referees, that this particular school did not request letters of recommendation for me. I found this odd, any ideas on what it might mean?
Answer in comments: That they want to interview you...
I see many cases like this where people have difficulty accepting clear-cut communications, and seem to bend over backwards to try to find some hidden meaning that is just not there. Is there a name for this type of quixotic quest for hidden meaning?